The Rookie: Feds gets full season pickup at ABC

The Rookie: Feds Gets Full Season Pickup at ABC
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Is the police procedural crime drama television series getting more episodes? Continue reading to find out. 

Earlier this week, CBS ordered full seasons of rookie dramas Fire Country, East New York, and So Help Me Todd but did not confirm total episode runs. After a few days now, ABC has ordered a full season of The Rookie: Feds, a spinoff of the long-running police drama series.

The Disney-owned network has given the series a nine-episode backorder, bringing the season total to 22 episodes. It is ABC’s first backorder of the season. There has been no word on additional episodes of its other fall series Alaska Daily, which debuted on October 6, 2022, and received a similar multiplatform boost.

The Rookie: Feds Gets Full Season Pickup at ABC

As reported by Deadline, It comes three weeks after its launch on Tuesday, September 27, and solid numbers, particularly with delayed multiplatform viewing. The show increased five times in adults 18-49 with a delayed-viewing lift of +394%, taking it to 1.53 versus 0.31. After seven days of viewing across linear and digital platforms, it picked up more than 4M viewers over its live+same day average from 2.2M to 6.4M viewers of delayed viewing across all platforms. 

The official Twitter handle of ABC network also confirmed the news among its followers, quoting, “The Rookie Feds is so good, we had to give you even more episodes this season. We can’t contain our excitement!” Take a look at the post below:

The Rookie: Feds: What is the show about?

According to the official press release by ABC, From the executive producers of the flagship series “The Rookie” comes “The Rookie: Feds” starring Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. The spinoff was introduced as a two-part event during the current fourth season of “The Rookie,” where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a suspect in a terror attack. 

The Rookie: Feds Gets Full Season Pickup at ABC

The Rookie: Feds Cast and Crew

The official character descriptions of the main cast members of the show are as follows: 

  • Niecy Nash as Simone Clark: A high school guidance counselor who becomes the oldest person to join the FBI Academy.
  • Frankie Faison as Christopher “Cutty” Clark: Simone’s father and a man who was falsely imprisoned during the 1980s. Now, he’s trying to figure his life out once more while being proud of his daughter’s accomplishments.
  • Felix Solis as Special Agent Matthew Garza: A 20-year veteran in the FBI and a believer in his employer’s ways. On the edge of being promoted to a leadership position. 
  • Britt Robertson as Laura Stensen: The “black sheep” of an academic family and the youngest person to work in the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit.
  • Kevin Zegers as Brendon Acres: An actor on the TV series Vampire Cop, a whiz in computer science, and a recent graduate of Quantico.
  • James Lesure as Carter Hope: A successful lawyer who became a model FBI agent. Conservative and traditional in his approach to justice, Carter will have to take on his biggest challenge yet: training Simone Clark, whose methods are the opposite of his beliefs.

Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter are co-creators and executive producers. Mark Gordon, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Bill Norcross, and Corey Miller are executive producers. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio and international distributor of “The Rookie: Feds,” a co-production with ABC Signature.  

The Rookie: Feds Gets Full Season Pickup at ABC

The Rookie: Feds: A quick recap of the season so far

We’d also like to point out that the exact episode titles and synopsis for the majority of the upcoming episodes cannot be confirmed, which will be announced once the episode starts to premiere on a weekly basis. So, we recommend fans to stay patient and keep a close eye on such updates once the episode draws close to the release date. In the meantime, check out the summary of the season so far below: 

Episode 1: Day One – September 27, 2022: The episode is directed by Bill Roe and written by Alexi Hawley & Terence Paul Winter. The episode was viewed by 2.28 million US viewers. In this episode, Simone Clark sets her sights on joining Matthew Garza’s newly formed special unit as they investigate the murder of a federal engineer; Simone and Cutty’s relationship is tested as their opposing opinions about law enforcement come to a head.

Episode 2: Face Off – October 4, 2022: The episode is directed by Michael Goi and written by Wendy Calhoun. The episode was viewed by 1.77 million US viewers. In this episode, Simone utilizes her informant to track down an arms dealer on the FBI’s Most Wanted list; Brendon investigates a risky lead on a congressman; Cutty and Simone struggle to see eye-to-eye.

Episode 3: Star Crossed – October 11, 2022:  The episode is directed by Robert Bella and written by Nancy Kiu. The episode was viewed by 1.57 million US viewers. In this episode, Garza’s unit gets roped into a complicated kidnapping case involving a forbidden relationship between two rival drug-dealing gangs; Simone’s love life is heating up; Laura comes face-to-face with her past; Carter tries to reconnect with his wife.

Episode 4: To Die For – October 18, 2022: This episode concludes a crossover event that begins on The Rookie season 5 episode 4. The episode is directed by Tori Garrett and written by Nick Hurwitz. The episode was viewed by 2.00 million US viewers. In this episode, When the team splits up to question a suspect’s father, Simone and Laura discover critical information on how an abusive relationship is connected to the crimes, sparks fly with Laura and her former colleague as they debate the killer’s motive.

Episode 5: Felicia – October 25, 2022: The episode is written by Stacy A. Littlejohn. In this episode, Simone and Carter get trapped in the tropics while hunting down a suspect on the run; Simone’s unexpected meet-cute with Dina throws a wrench into Cutty’s love life; Elena’s high-end fashion splurge cracks open an unsolved murder mystery.

The Rookie: Feds Gets Full Season Pickup at ABC

When is the next episode of The Rookie: Feds airing on ABC?

The sixth episode, The Reaper, is scheduled to air on November 1, 2022, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC and later on Hulu. The official synopsis of the episode states, “When Simone and Carter go undercover to find an international assassin known as The Reaper, a prisoner seeking bail recognizes Carter and nearly blows his cover; Laura and Brendon trace a lead on The Reaper’s assault rifle.” 

Where to stream The Rookie: Feds?

You can watch The Rookie: Feds live on ABC on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET when it debuts and on Hulu the day following the official premiere on the network. You may always watch it on ABC’s website or the ABC app on mobile devices if you don’t have access to a TV.

If you choose to take a different path and have access to YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, or fuboTV as streaming services. There are various ways to watch the episode if you were unable to watch it as it was broadcast. The episodes are available the next day on Hulu thanks to a partnership with ABC; a monthly subscription to Hulu costs $6.99.

The Rookie: Feds (ABC) Trailer HD - Niecy Nash spinoff

Let us know in the comments if you have started to watch the series on ABC or not.